Colin Sebastian, the analyst of Lazard Capital Markets, raised sales and profits estimates on Thursday for publisher Electronic Arts. This is because of the stronger than expected sales of Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Colin Sebastian said, “We now expect EA to ship 3 million-plus units of Battlefield [Bad Company 2] for the quarter [ending March 31], ahead of our original 2.5 million unit estimate.”
Sebastian also noted that BBC2 reached 230,000 peak concurrent users for online multiplayer, “which bodes well for overall franchise strength and the potential for follow-on sales.”
Recentluy Electronic Arts said that BBC2 sold 2.3 million units.
Sebastian added further, “Based primarily on continuing strength in sell-through of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, we are raising our 1Q revenue and [earnings per share] estimates for EA to $850 million and 5 cents, up from $830 million and 4 cents, respectively.”
He also mentioned that the upcoming sports games of EA will be proving the company’s next product catalysts. In April the company is launching World Cup. After that it will also launch Tiger Woods, NCAA Football, FIFA and Madden NFL.
Do you want to know whether the Master server of the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is down or not. Electronic Arts now provides easy way to find out such thing. And seriously, it is very easy.
On the top of the official website of the game the server status for all the three version, the PS3, Xbox 360, and also the PC versions are now clearly displayed.
No more gamers have to hunt for this information on the community manager’s Twitter page or the forums of the game. Moreover, now one need not get suckered into cross checking their Internet router.
It now seems that others also should provide such information in such a clear fashion.
There has been a high boost in the sales of PS3 version of Battlefield:Bad Company 2 in Japan and this has helped the game to become the top 10 Gaming companies there.
Last week Media Create said that the PS3 version of BBC2 debuted for that week at number seven. The game sold 28,353 units and in the same week the Xbox 360 ranked 14th in the list.
Famitsu, famous magazine of Japan, scored 34 on 40. Battlefield: Bad Company 2, developed by DICE, was launched in North America and Europe this year in March and the game has been able to sell 2.3 million units till date.
Other games that were on the list of top 10 were: Sony-published Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! 3D for PSP, Koei’s Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce 2, Zettai Hero: Modification Project and Enterbrain’s RPG Maker DS and a few more.
The developer DICE and the publisher EA had recently announced that the internal data that has been gathered by the company shows over 2.3 million units of BBC2 have been sold since it was launched.
Both the companies believe this performance will make BBC2 the best sold videogame in US in the month of March.
Executive producer Karl Magnus Troedsson said, “We are so thrilled with the success ofBattlefield: Bad Company 2 sales and fan response. In the first 48 hours we had such a tremendous rush to multiplayer gameplay that our servers experienced overwhelming demand. This is a testament to the massive response players have had worldwide for the extraordinary action experienced in the Battlefield sandbox.”
Regarding the server problems he said that it was a question of capacity. He added that with a patch now out and the server infrastructure expanded significantly, the players should have less issues with their online gaming.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 got top ranking in all games charts, claimed by Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association.
Game available on Xbox360, PlayStation 3 and PC is another successive new entry to debut in one slot. Following Heavy Rain, Aliens Vs Predator, Bioshock 2 and Mass Effect 2.
The gritty first-person shooter from EA Games boasts fully-interactive surroundings, which can be blown-up or partially destroyed for strategic advantages. It features a rapid of 15 vehicles - including attack helicopters, for the player to test-drive.
Karl Magnus Troedsson, the game’s executive producer, said: “Bad Company 2 takes everything that players liked in the original and ups the ante - more vehicles, more destruction and more team play.”
Game’s executive producer “Karl Magnus Troedsson” said “Bad Company 2 takes everything that players liked in the original and ups the ante - more vehicles, more destruction and more team play.”
Ubisoft’s Just Dance for the Nintendo Wii takes second spot and Vs Predator dropping to third.
Next week’s chart is likely to be a tight contest between God Of War 3 and Final Fantasy XIII.
Infinity Ward promised recently that a new Downloadable Content pack will be offered through a viral campaign for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Just few days after this announcement, DICE Studio, the rival of IW, mocked this campaign of the MW2 developer and had disclosed some details about downloadable map packs for the Battlefields: Bad Company 2.
The viral campaign ‘mapathy’ of IW for the MW2’s DLC is called the “Stimulus Package” and it is said to contain ten new maps. Well, still there is no official confirmation.
However, it is learned that this DLC would be made available on March 30 for the Xbox 360. The PS3 and PC owners will be getting it some time later.
Few days before there was an announcement from Activision that the dedicated MW2 servers for the PC users will be pulled out and it will be used for the Infinity Ward Net infrastructure. It is in fact done to support the multiplayer matches.
This announcement of IW have moved many gamers to switch on to the Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
The DICE Studio, in the official Battlefield: BC2 blog, has slammed the ‘Mapathy’ campaign of Activision and it has also announced that the BBC2 DLC pack would be available for free.
Are you all enjoying the multiplayer mode of Battlefield: Bad Company 2? Will you all still be enjoying it in the same way if suddenly the stats that you have accrued disappears and also the weapons and ranks?
This may be happening to wide swaths of players very recently. There has been flood of complaints even on the forums of Electronic Arts’ official Bad Company 2.
EA has posted a small message on their Twitter account for Bad Company 2 that they are aware of this issue and they are investigating on the matter to rectify it as soon as possible. However, EA did not mention anything about the stats that has been erased.
Well, how much of it is actually related for the players it is hard to say. Let us wait and seen how soon EA overcomes this issue.
The PC beta version of Bad Company 2 for shooter fans has been one of the larger time sinks in recent years. The code of it is slightly rough in it and the games and mechanics are polished. If played with a good group of players then it is tight. In the game if one hides inside a building, the mortar rounds can take it down. In the game if you are able see enemy creeping towards any objective then call him out to the team mates of yours and let your friends hunt him down.
One question hunts to every PC gamers. It is that will this game be better than Modern Warfare 2, which was a blockbuster released on November 4 last year.
According to Anders Gyllenberg, producer of BBC2 PC version, this game can be defined by its differences from MW2. Gyllenberg was confident of the strength the name itself, Battlefield. He said, “For us it wasn’t any discussions regarding if one studio does this then we have to do that. What we offer with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the same base experience as we have offered all the way back since Battlefield 1942,.
Gyllenberg sees the sandbox mix design and also land, sea and air vehicles as the key to the franchise.
He added, “Combined with the focus on squad play, we believe we have our recipe for our own success. The server structure, which I assume you are thinking of, is only one of the components in what we feel is needed to offer a good PC experience.”